ZorkFest 2018: Final Schedule Posted; Last Chance to Reserve Hotel Room at Special Rate

ZorkFest 2018 will occur eleven days from now in Las Vegas; and today is the last day during which you can reserve a room at special event rates at Treasure Island TI Hotel & Casino using group code ZORK18 — plus save an additional ten dollars on admission as a special bonus to readers of The Gate if you use promotion code zorkgate when registering for the event.

ZorkFest 2018: Final Schedule Posted; Last Chance to Reserve Hotel Room at Special Rate

If you missed the inaugural ZorkFest 2017, you missed quite a successful event. You would have found out about how to save money by optimizing your casino rating; how to maximize the earning and redemption of frequent travel loyalty program miles and points; and learned some of the best methods and tools to help you find the lowest airfare, hotel and car rental prices.

Previous to ZorkFest, you would have had to attend at least two different seminars or attempt to gather the information yourself via the Internet — but at ZorkFest 2017, the frequent traveler and gambling worlds collided and created a unique weekend of learning new tips and tricks. The event was also an opportunity to meet new people, as I did.

ZorkFest 2018 Schedule

ZorkFest 2017

Angelina Aucello conducts a session at ZorkFest 2017. Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

All of the events scheduled for ZorkFest 2018 will occur at the conference facilities of Treasure Island TI Hotel & Casino.

The weekend starts on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 6:00 in the evening Pacific Daylight Time with a welcome cocktail reception; and the main event of Saturday, May 26, 2018 is the ZorkFest conference from 9:00 in the morning through 6:00 in the evening, where you can attend your choice of learning sessions and lunch — as well as Ask Me Anything sessions for travel and casino.

The duration of each session is 45 minutes. Each time slot will offer two different sessions: one pertaining to maximizing value in a casino; and the other session dedicated to travel and rewards. You can mix and match between tracks of sessions, as you are not locked into one track of sessions.

Some of the topics include:

  • Crossover of Hotel Loyalty and Casino Properties
  • Sweet Spot Award Redemptions — Best Uses of Miles and Points
  • How Dumb Gamblers Became Frugal Gamblers
  • Expert Credit Card Strategies
  • Behind the Scenes of Casino Marketing
  • Comps at Sea


At the time this article was written, speakers for ZorkFest 2018 now include, in alphabetical order by last name:

  • Angelina Aucello
  • Adam Bauer
  • Jessica Coane
  • Brian Cohen
  • Cousin Vito
  • Anthony Curtis
  • Heather Ferris
  • Richard Kerr
  • Gilbert Ott
  • Edward Pizzarello
  • Michele Robson
  • Eric Rosenthal
  • Brad Scott
  • Jean Scott
  • Craig Shacklett
  • Catherine Smalfus
  • Bethany Walsh

Podcasters After Dark

Included in the price of your ZorkFest ticket is a new event for 2018 called Podcasters After Dark, which will occur on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 10:00 in the evening. You can purchase additional reserved seats in advance for $30.00 each — or you can purchase either an upgrade to a VIP reserved seat for $50.00; or a VIP reserved table with the best seats in the house for $550.00, which includes pre-ordered food and beverages worth $400.00.

Podcasters After Dark is hosted by Eric Rosenthal for the evening and features:

  • Scott Roeben of Vital Vegas
  • Adam of Vegas Fanboy / Travel Fanboy
  • Mark Devol and Dr. Mike of You Can Bet on That
  • A short introduction “podcast” by Shane and Julian of Vegas Confessions

ZorkFest 2018 Ticket Prices and Options

Pricing for ZorkFest 2018 is $200.00 — which is a savings of $125.00, as the full ticket price of $325.00 will be charged to attendees who do not purchase a ticket in advance — when you purchase your ticket, which includes the best seats at Podcasters After Dark. Seats are assigned based on when you purchase your ZorkFest ticket; so purchase your ticket as early as possible to reserve the best seats for the Podcasters After Dark event.

Even better is that you will save an additional ten dollars as a special bonus to readers of The Gate if you use promotion code zorkgate — no capital letters — when registering for the event; but this promotion code can only be used with the purchase of a ZorkFest Ticket.

Your ticket to ZorkFest includes all of the following:

  • Friday cocktail reception
  • Saturday conference sessions
  • Saturday lunch during the conference
  • Saturday evening Podcasters After Dark event
ZorkFest 2017

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

In addition, you can add on any or all of the available options for an additional fee — which include:

  • Friday night VIP dinner — Feast on a dinner buffet on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:00 in the evening for $95.00; and no ZorkFest ticket is required
  • Saturday morning mimosa breakfast — Enjoy breakfast and a mimosa on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 7:30 in the morning through 8:45 in the morning for $35.00
  • Limited edition ZorkFest T-shirt

ZorkFest 2018 High Roller Ticket Price and Early Registration Discount

ZorkFest 2017

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The discount price for ZorkFest 2018 High Roller ticket is $325.00 — which is a savings of $175.00, as the full ticket price of $500.00 will be charged to attendees who do not purchase a ticket in advance — and includes all of the aforementioned listed options.

Even better is that you will save an additional ten dollars as a special bonus to readers of The Gate if you use promotion code zorkgate — no capital letters — when registering for the event; but this promotion code can only be used with the purchase of a ZorkFest High Roller Ticket.

Special Room Rates For ZorkFest 2018

special room rate for ZorkFest 2018 at Treasure Island TI Hotel & Casino is available for the entire weekend when you use group code ZORK18 — and you can book just one night or multiple nights — but you must book your reservations by today, Monday, May 14, 2018; and be aware that the room rate does not include taxes or the dreaded resort fee of $35.00.

The special room rates are as follows:

  • $49.00 Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • $129.00 Friday, May 25, 2018
  • $219.00 Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • $119.00 Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • $49.00 Monday, May 28, 2018

Option: ZorkFest 2018 Charity Craps Tournament — Your Chance to Win

In support of Pangea Educational Development, the ZorkFest 2018 Charity Craps Tournament on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 8:30 in the evening will have professional dealers from Treasure Island — single craps table with pit boss and dealers — and will also feature exclusive craps lessons from Mark of You Can Bet on That during the VIP Dinner! This is your chance to learn to play craps, and ask any of your craps questions. Great for beginners — or those who have never played craps — and the most avid dice players.

Prizes include a certificate for a free Celebrity Cruise for two; a stay of two nights at Treasure Island midweek and two Mystere tickets — the resort fee is optional — and more.

The tournament fee is $125.00 and is open to everyone — no ZorkFest ticket purchase is required — but if you do purchase both a ZorkFest ticket and the Charity Craps Tournament, you will get an UPGRADE to a VIP Reserved seat at Podcasters After Dark. You must sign up for the Craps Tournament before Thursday, May 10, 2018 for the upgrade to a VIP Reserved seat at Podcasters After Dark.

Pangea Educational Development is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to empowering schools and unifying communities through the development of sustainable educational change in Uganda. We believe education underscores development across every sector in every country around the world, empowering individuals to change their own lives and their countries future. Despite this, 256 million children remain out of school today including 1 of 4 African children. Of those attending school, a large portion remain illiterate after 5 years of schooling. In order for education to make a change, education itself needs to improve in these areas of the world. Pangea started with three inspired volunteers on the back of a bus and a question: how can we end dependency on aid and create a long-lasting impact in communities? The solution was clear: education. Over the past 7 years, Pangea has grown from an unanswered question into a tangible reality. Over 200 volunteers have traveled to our school sites in Uganda and witnessed first-hand the power true sustainability can have on schools and their communities. Our projects have impacted the lives of thousands of Ugandans through making systemic change.

Option: ZorkFest 2018 Award Travel 101 Bootcamp

The ZorkFest 2018 Award Travel 101 Bootcamp — which is an option available on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 10:00 in the morning for $99.00 and requires the purchase of a ticket to the ZorkFest Conference — consists of three hours of intensive boot camp taught by Richard Kerr and Howie Rappaport for anyone who wants to learn the basics of award travel and set themselves up for their first award trip. This option starts with all attendees selecting a travel goal to attain with points and miles and working them from the ground up to achieve that goal. Throughout the course we give practical examples and applications of the methods using the goals of the attendees.

As a bonus, each attendee gets access to AwardWallet Plus for one full year, which is valued at $30.00.

The three modules include:

  • The FICO score and the right ways to obtain/utilize credit cards while protecting credit score
  • Transferable versus fixed redemption currencies and how to use them
  • Hotel and Airline Loyalty Program basics


Not only will you save money on registering for the event if you do so before Friday, May 11, 2018 and use promotion code zorkgate; but you will also save money on lodging if you book your reservations by Friday, May 4, 2018. Most importantly, you can bet that you will likely save money over the long run from the information offered by the speakers at the event.

Please be sure to read all of the information pertaining to ZorkFest — as well as the terms and conditions of the offer — prior to committing to attend the event.

Full disclosure, as I believe in transparency: I am scheduled to be one of the speakers at ZorkFest 2018, as I led a semi-impromptu session during lunch at ZorkFest 2017 in Atlantic City. I do receive a percentage of the registration fee at no extra cost to you when you use special promotion code zorkgate to register for the event. You will find part one and part two of an interview with me at ZorkCast — which is the official “podcast” of TravelZork — amongst other topics; and you will find I also am a contributing writer to TravelZork.

Michael Mason Trager at ZorkFest 2017

Michael Trager is the founder of both TravelZork and ZorkFest — and he is simply having a blast and enjoying the time of his life. Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

I have personally known Michael Trager of TravelZork for years — you can find out more information about him and the founding of ZorkFest here — as well as some of the speakers at ZorkFest. You can trust that you will learn valuable information from them and the other speakers scheduled for the event.

Now that all of those disclaimers are out of the way, I hope to meet you at ZorkFest 2018.

Michael Trager opens ZorkFest 2017 with an official introduction to all attendees prior to the commencement of sessions for the day. All photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.


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